Athletes around PNG are preparing to travel to Port Moresby this week for the National Track and Field Championships at the Sir John Guise Stadium. Apart from two NCD teams and one from Central there are expected to be teams from Kerema, Lae, Goroka,  Wabag, New Ireland, East New Britain, Kokopo Town, and two teams from Simbu. A full range of events will be offered as usual in the open and under 18 divisions and a limited number of events in the under 16 division. Para events will also be offered according to the demand with three Para athletes already confirmed to compete with the able bodied athletes. Any other centres planning to attend are urged to contact the organisers immediately through phone 72117092 or email to receive the information package that includes entry forms, competition rules  and timetable. The event will kick off after lunch on Friday August 24 and continue all day Saturday and Sunday. Athletics PNG thanked their sponsors PNG Airlines, Prima Smallgoods, Lae Biscuit Company , Coral Sea Hotels and Trukai Industries. With the 2019 Pacific Games now less than a year away Athletics PNG coaches will be looking out for new talent as well as assessing the form of existing team members. President Tony Green said that the Championships were important part of the process of selecting the team for the Games but that performances in various competitions over the next six months will also be considered. A circular on this subject was recently posted to the APNG website and Facebook page


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